The Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor had its best year since 2006 and its second best since
1998, the Ports of Indiana is reporting.
In 2013, the Port
at Burns Harbor handled 2.5 million tons of cargo, 17 percent better than
the 2012 total and 23 percent better than the previous five-year average.
The Port at Burns
Harbor saw increases in shipments of steel, fertilizer, road salt, coal, and
three of the Ports of Indiana handled a total of 8.3 million tons of cargo,
an increase of 20 percent over the previous year, third highest total in the
organization's 52-year history, and the highest since 2006. Strong shipments
of coal, steel, and agricultural-related products helped drive significant
increases in annual tonnage at all three of the state's ports.
“Our ports finished
the year on a record pace, which does create some optimism for 2014,” Ports
of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper said. “In 2013, our ports handled more steel,
fertilizer, and minerals than any year in recent history. Steel, ag
products, and coal make up over 80 percent of the shipments at our three
ports, so when those cargoes are up it bodes well for shipping in Indiana.
It was good to see ag cargoes rebound in 2013 after the previous year's
drought, and the positive trend in manufacturing creates a brighter outlook
for future steel shipments.”
In the fourth
quarter of 2013, the Ports of Indiana handled nearly 3 million tons of
cargo, which is the highest total for any quarter since the ports opened.
The Ports of Indiana has now experienced significant growth in shipments for
five of the last six years.
are heavily influenced by manufacturing trends and agricultural markets, so
it's gratifying to see steady growth in shipments over multiple years,”
Cooper said. “This speaks to the success of the world-class companies
located at our ports and their efforts to leverage the ports' multimodal
connections to create sustainable competitive advantages that allow them to
grow their businesses. Indiana's ports are built on a truly unique
public-private partnership that has produced tremendous results for over 50
On the Ohio River,
the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville recorded its highest annual tonnage since
2006 at 1.6 million tons, up 19 percent from 2012, with increased shipments
of grain, steel, oils, and minerals. As a result of a robust 2013 harvest,
the port finished with its highest fourth quarter tonnage--nearly 80 percent
more than the quarterly average for the previous five years.
The Port of
Indiana-Mount Vernon also finished strong in 2013 with its highest quarterly
shipments ever and handled 4.2 million tons for the year --up 21 percent
from 2012. Key drivers for the Ohio River port were increases in coal,
grain, fertilizer, coke, and minerals. The fourth quarter was the first time
port shipments exceeded half a million tons in three consecutive months and
was more than 50 percent higher than the average quarter in the last five
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